12 Killed In Iran, Security Forces Accused Of Opening Fire

Twelve people have been killed during the fourth night of "spontaneous" protests in Iran, according to state TV. The deaths follow reports that Iran's Revolutionary Guard vowed to "crush dissent" and take tough action if the unrest continued in what began as a protest against economic policies and seemed to immediately morph into a call for regime change - with demonstrators protesting against state security forces and calling for the ouster of Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

A water canon is used in Ferdowsi Square, Tehran in an attempt to disperse crowds

The Daily Mail reported overnight that three people were shot dead by security forces who opened fire on protesters in Isfahan, while two individuals were run over in the town of Dorud by a stolen fire truck, and another two were shot overnight in the southwestern town of Izeh. "Armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces,” state TV reported.

Video purportedly filmed in the city shows dozens of marchers on the streets as vehicles burn around them before what sounds like gunshots are heard. 

The deaths in Izeh were confirmed by local politician Hedayatollah Khademi, who said it was unclear whether they were killed by police or other demonstrators.

'The governor said it (the gunfire) was unlikely to be by police as they were not supposed to open fire,' he said.

The shooting in Isfahan was reported by several prominent Twitter personalities including Amichai Stein, foreign affairs correspondent for the Israeli public broadcasting corporation, but could not be independently verified.

Elsewhere police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a small protest in Tehran's Enghelab Square on Sunday evening.


Meanwhile, protesters in the small northwestern town of Takestan set fire to government buildings and a Shia Muslim monastery, according to the ILNA news agency.The Mail also reports protests in the cities of Izeh (southwest), Kermanshah and Khorramabad (west), Shahinshahr (northwest) and Zanjan (north).

Protesters also marched towards the residence of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, while others burned pictures of him:




Some demonstrators threw rocks at the revolutionary guard: 


As we reported on Saturday, the US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime "a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos" while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States.

Daily Mail

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert released a statement on Friday which effectively calls for regime change;

The next day, President Trump tweeted that the "Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves," adding "The world is watching!" 

And Mike Pence, of course, stands with Trump in supporting "peaceful protesters in Iran who are speaking out for freedom," adding "we condemn the arrests of innocents," and "The time has come for the regime in Tehran to end terrorist activities, corruption & their disregard for human rights.

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted "Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!" 

In a later tweet, Trump accused Iran of 'numerous violations of human rights,' and commented on the disruption to social media, saying it 'has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good! As The Daily Mail reports, Iranian President Rouhani dismissed Trump's comments. 

'This man who today in America wants to sympathise with our people has forgotten that a few months ago he called the nation of Iran terrorist.

'This person whose whole being is against the nation of Iran has no right to feel pity for the people of Iran.'

Somewhat interesting are the specific mentions of "corruption" and "human rights violations" in light of the Executive Order Trump issued the week before those tweets which allows for the freezing of US-housed assets of foreign individuals or entities deemed "serious human rights abusers," along with government officials and executives of foreign corporations (current or former) found to have engaged in corruption - which includes the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, and corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources. 


Of note, anyone in the United States who aids or participates in said corruption or human rights abuses by foreign parties is subject to frozen assets - along with any U.S. corporation who employs foreigners deemed to have engaged in corruption on behalf of the company.

Might there be (or have been) a corresponding freezing of the assets belonging to Iran-linked individuals or entities in the United States on the horizon? 

Have any D.C. lobbyists done work on behalf of Iranian interests which may be deemed corrupt?

Meanwhile, twitter user Strategic Sentinel has posted an unverified flight map of what appear to be a "large amount of aircraft leaving Iran at the moment, many with no callsign, origin, or destination" adding "Exodus in progress?"

It's surprising how these "peaceful" regime change protests keep getting out of hand, although - connected to that - it's a change to see Adam Schiff agree with President Trump and Mike Pence on something.



NiggaPleeze gatorengineer Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:53 Permalink

a democratic process free from fraud and interference

Ironic how the US is attempting covertly to spark a violent revolution in a sovereign country, while writing about "free from fraud and interference" and crying about someone purchasing $1,000 of Facebook ads.

Is there is a greater or more nefarious hypocrite than the (((US regime))) in the US in the world today?

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Bank_sters Super Sleuth Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:24 Permalink

For those that are not in the know, the CIA overthrew the elected government of Mosaddegh. 


In declassified document, CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup...

Many Iranians regard Mosaddegh as the leading champion of secular democracy and resistance to foreign domination in Iran's modern history. Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup on 19 August 1953, organised and carried out by the CIA at the request of MI6, which chose Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh.[10]


THen came the Shah.  And then the Ayatollahs and now...

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Bank_sters Bank_sters Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

Mosaddegh's crime.


An author, administrator, lawyer, and prominent parliamentarian, his administration introduced a range of progressive social and political reforms such as social security and land reforms, including taxation of the rent on land. His government's most notable policy, however, was the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC/AIOC) (later British Petroleum and BP).[9]

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caesium Bank_sters Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:27 Permalink

Back in '53 it was the UK which needed regime change ...

The Americans have been backing the wrong team for too long. I guess it all stems from the weird protestants who set the place up. America needs a 3rd revolution following on from Jefferson Davis' failed coup in the 1860's and the 1770's crazy gang. Perhaps an Hispanic colonel called Gomez can start one and show the gringos how it's done.

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historian40 caesium Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:39 Permalink

The "weird protestants" you speak of were only part of the people who set the thing up.  They were puritans, the same ones who helped Cromwell murder the King and opened the gates for the "jews" to take over England.

Jefferson Davis did not have an attempted coup.  That is preposterous.  He didn't even support secession himself, but as a Senator of Mississippi, had to follow what his State wanted.  He was then elected as President of the States who reasserted their independence.

There was a revolution though, but it was by the Federalists, who wanted to subjugate the States and people under a more powerful, militarized "Federal Union", rather than the Republic of Sovereign States that had existed.  The Constitution was already breached and several States chose to form a new Confederacy where the Constitution would be followed.  They didn't all up and leave, but gradually separated from the federal regime that now no longer served as the government defined in the Constitution.  Some of the States only left after the Federal regime attacked them, when they had not seceded at all.

The States were under direct military occupation and control for over a decade after the war, during which time the new "Federal Union" passed Amendments to the "constitution", which were never properly ratified, since several States were not under a Republican form of government as required by the Constitution.

The whole nature of the united States of America changed.  They instituted a Federal education control in 1867 to re-educated the population, to bring up the next generations under delusion, and to wipe the crime away and to package it in a neat little propaganda tidbit called "Lincoln freed the slaves".  Nonsense.

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evoila historian40 Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

The Iranian people are not falling for the non-sense coming out of Al Arabiya, a media arm of the Saudi royal family. And half these people pushing protests are from the mujahedin, a known terrorist organization that the US took of the list a few years back os that they could give them money to foment dissent and try to turn the regime.




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veritas semper… evoila Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:40 Permalink

Exactly.An self explanatory fact:62000 tweets supporting this "peaceful protests" ,basically all are from outside Iran:74% from western countries,mostly UK and US and SA .34% in Arabic Language,not Farsi.

the western media does not say a word about the o stop killing of unarmed civilians and arrest of young children for no reason,in that shitty country that we call an ally.Like 5 counts of assaulting an israhelli soldier by the 16 year old girl,who was first hit by him and then hit back.Or killing of 9year old or double amputee,ALL unarmed?

How about the 300000 people protesting in Bahrain,or the recent protest in SA,ALL ending into a mass killing by their government,with US weapons?

And another point,after 1 1/2 years of "Russia meddling" into US and other western affairs,does The Donald administration have the right to meddle into another country? Or he is incapable of seeing the irony?The hypocrisy is unbelievable.

I am so disgusted with this buffoon and idiot,who is as bad as Hillary,if not worse,

It is exactly what I said once:each US president is worse then his predecessor. FU the Donald and your zionist behavior!

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OverTheHedge historian40 Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

To be fair, the majority of settlers were not even remotely as weird as the "Pilgrim Fathers", but for some reason this particular band of idiots get all the press. They were thrown out of England for being too puritan, and then went to even stricter Holland, were they were thrown out three years later because even the born-again puritan Dutch couldn't cope with their nonsense. They went to the US because no one else wanted them,because they were religious nutters considered too extreme for the already extremist nutters in Europe. Imagine takfiri loonies too austere for Saudi Arabia, to get an idea. Like the Amish, only serious.

I don't understand how only this group gets to be founding fathers, as there were already European settlers all over the place when they arrived. Still, history is written by the victors, and all that.

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drstrangelove73 historian40 Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:48 Permalink

Signed in to up vote you.Excellent exposition.Way too many otherwise well informed Americans do not know the truth about the War of Northern Aggression.My great,great grandfather was a brigadier General in the Army of Tennessee,served at Shiloh,Chickamauga,Franklin ,Murfreesboro,and the Seige of Corinth,among others.Lawyer,merchant,state senator from Tennessee until the War,and never owned a slave nor did anyone on either side of my family.The reason most of the yeoman farmers,and merchants,and professional men in the south fought,was the same reason the captured 15 year old drummer boy from North Carolina gave to his northern captors when they asked him why he was fighting.As related from a personal account recorded in Shelby Foote’s masterful three volume history,THE CIVIL WAR,the drummer boy replied,”Because you are here...”

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Veritas X- Super Sleuth Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

Of course it's the same perps as always; "CIA + Mossad + MI6".

The core players of the Anglo-Zionist re-using the same Modus Operandi as in Kiev 2014 at the Maidan,



Daara in Syria 2011,


...paid mercs doin' the shooting.

ZIOTUS Trump is MAIGA...making izzahell great again.

Shekels are a comin' Donald. Bend-over.



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fleur de lis Super Sleuth Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:03 Permalink

This really looks like a repeat of the Ukraine sniper story.

The protesters themselves must be really stupid to think that their lives are any more valuable than Syrians, Ukrainians, Libyans, and more.

By falling for whatever story the NWO spit up they allowed themselves to become expendable pawns.

Rinse, repeat.

And how could that many planes get organized to fly out at once and not have an accident along the way?

Who flew the planes, who was aboard, where did they land, and how could they get boarded and take off without any communication with the tower?

Planes are too big to hide and these were designated for a while, and had to be in the right place at the right time.

This must have been a plan in the works for a long time.

If Langley gets busted one more time being mixed up in something like this they really need to get shut down.

All of them.



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Mementoil Max Hunter Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

The so called "Libertarian" crowd here on ZH seem to think that the Iranian people doesn't want or deserve liberty.
The facts on the ground are well known: a brutal theocratic regime which forces women to cover, hangs gay people to death, prisons and tortures any dissidents and on top of that squanders all their money on military adventures in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. And yet you think that the people are supposed to take that willingly? That any rebellion is the result of CIA or Mossad?
Who ever says so is either a Iranian propaganda agent, or a complete fool...

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shitshitshit Mementoil Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

They are different people with different beliefs and customs and traditions. Why would you force them to listen to shit rap muzak and eat junk food? They are perfectly able to organize themselves as a society. Look at the other liberated countries courtesy the great Americano empire. Do you think they enjoy it more now than before? 

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OverTheHedge Mementoil Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:39 Permalink

It would be nice if we could help the Iranians have a colour revolution so they can enjoy democracy a la .....Iraq.

Or Syria.

Or Libya

Or Afghanistan.

Or Ukraine.

Need I continue?

At what point do people actually admit that Freedom For Democracy is actually Freedom FROM democracy? At what point do people admit that the biggest tyrant, killer and all around bad guy, is the one fomenting the colour revolutions?

Now do you see why "everyone" on Zerohedge supports the Iranian "regime" as opposed to the sudden, miraculously timed uprising? It's because we don't want yet more millions to die. It turns out that the bleeding-heart liberal do-gooder types are alive and well, and post on ZH, trying to stop another round of death and destruction.

Well, not trying to stop it, so much as point out the futility of it all, and the hypocrisy, and the lies and deceit, and the propaganda, and the vested interests, and the trolls paid by governments to pretend that killing people is good, etc.

Happy new year everybody. "Watch out for that first step - it's a doozy"



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TBT or not TBT Potato Farmer Mon, 01/01/2018 - 18:07 Permalink

The Founders didn't imagine for a second that the representatives would act for the whole nation.   They were representatives of specific constituencies in very distinct regions with different economic concerns, different national origins, and different practices of Christianity than the nation as a whole.  The system was set up to set these interests against each other and limit the INHERENT greed of ALL humans.   The system was set up to make the wrong people end up doing the right things.   And preferably, not much at all.  

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